Sasquatch
Maneuvers


4.1
excellent

Review

by insomniac15 STAFF
June 22nd, 2017 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another brilliant addition to their discography...

Sasquatch have been one of the most reliable bands in the underground hard rock/stoner scene, crafting one strong record after another. As soon as I heard their 5th studio effort would be released, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. After amiably parting ways with former drummer, Rick Ferrante, the guys entered the studio with Craig Riggs to record Maneuvers, another masterpiece that is undoubtedly their most concise statement yet. From the first second, they kick down the door with a trademark balls-out rocker, ‘Rational Woman’. It starts as a pile driving rocker, but soon turns into a groovy beast with the bass volume going through the roof. Front man Keith Gibbs is partially covered by this massive wall of fuzz, yet he angrily delivers the blues we can all relate to: your woman doesn’t love you anymore. This is hands down top 3 hardest hitting cuts these guys have penned so far and from here on end the album just offers us more of these excellent vibes.

‘More Than You’ll Ever Be’ brings forth some greasy, mid-tempo riffs that get even juicier when the chorus enters. The production is brilliant overall, pushing the dirt in front albeit clearly mastered. Also, there’s enough attention given to the details to keep you interested throughout. The vocals are nicely layered, especially during the hooks. Then, when the solos kick in and the spotlight is on them, the rhythm section always nicely surrounds to sustain that overall powerful level. Moving on, ‘Destroyer’ is another swinging beast where the band rolls at a steady pace, easily making even the simplest progressions cool again. This is what I always dug at Sasquatch. Whether playing three chords or complex structures, the sheer passion along with that sense of melody always found their way through the heaviest riffs to further enhance the listening experience. Moreover, you have the two centerpieces, ‘Just Couldn’t Stand the Weather’ & ‘Drown All the Evidence’ where they brought everything to the table. From the blues rock-on-steroids riffage, raucous vocals to soaring guitar solos complete with Hammond organ or piano touches, these songs are everything you’d love to hear from the band. The tracks sound so crunchy that it feels as if your speakers are about to crack.

Maneuvers’ only inconvenience would be its short length. Each record of theirs was briefer than its predecessor, still it might also be an upside, because it easily asks for multiple spins. The guys honed their approach to songwriting, crafting a string of essential songs which have both substance and groove. Thankfully, they remain to the forefront of the genre, fine-tuning their skills to constantly create tighter & memorable music. This is a must listen for any hardcore fan and casual listener.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2017


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Such a great album, this is a must listen!



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPUiuGqxws8



Get it here - http://store.sasquatchrock.us/album/maneuvers

Digging: Causa Sui - Vibraciones Doradas

greg84
Emeritus
June 22nd 2017


7587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the album rules!

Digging: Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2017


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Yeah, it's so good. That cover is a bit close to Egypt's Endless Flight (btw, they released a new album on the same day).

InFlamesWeThrash666
June 23rd 2017


7060 Comments


bet it bangs

Digging: Aetherian - The Untamed Wilderness

Flugmorph
June 23rd 2017


17555 Comments


what is this shit

ChaoticVortex
June 23rd 2017


509 Comments


Another band I need to listen.

Pho3nix
June 23rd 2017


375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great, I really enjoyed "II". Thanks for the review.

TheSupernatural
June 23rd 2017


1674 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That album cover is fucking lit

smaugman
June 23rd 2017


4474 Comments


samsquanch

BigHans
June 23rd 2017


28551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This crushes.

RogueNine
June 23rd 2017


3377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet, more Sasquatch!!

CaimanJesus
June 23rd 2017


3039 Comments


these guys are dope

Digging: Worship - Last Tape Before Doomsday

rodrigo90
June 23rd 2017


3401 Comments


LOOOOOOOOOOVE the album cover.

These days albums are hard to impress me with the images.

FadedSun
June 24th 2017


1762 Comments


Reminds me of a lot of other bands, but the first band that came to mind was when Jesse Leech was in the stoner rock band, Seemless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvtReavq2pE

Cryptkeeper
June 24th 2017


1708 Comments


Awesome record, awesome cover

Digging: Sir Sly - Don't You Worry, Honey

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2017


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

After many spins it's still awesome!

I'm happy many people dig it.

fromtheinside
June 25th 2017


324 Comments


imposter!

IAMERROR
June 25th 2017


226 Comments


I can tell from this album & the Egypt one also featured on the main page that the OP is subscribed to Stoned Meadow of Doom on Youtube. Small world.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 26th 2017


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

It's been a good week for stoner rock haha.

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2017


17012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A bit ike Cornell fronting a stoner band



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